Commission Unto Mexico Participants Experience "Love in Action"

BETHANY, Okla. (January 6, 2011) - Southern Nazarene University hosted the 22nd annual Commission Unto Mexico trip December 27-January 3.

Commission Unto Mexico began in 1989-90 when 140 SNU students, faculty members and community people made a trip to Mexico City. Since then the annual trips have been to Ciudad Valles, Monterrey, Tampico, Juarez, Guadalajara, Sabinas/Monclova and the city of Chihuahua.

This year there were 115 participants from the U.S.A. This over-the-New-Year’s-holiday mission trip is a Work and Witness adventure for all ages and many families come to work side by side. The oldest participant was a 71-year-old retiree and the youngest was a nine-year-old boy. Many on the trip live in central Oklahoma, but there were also participants from seven other U.S. states. Five different denominations were represented although the majority of the participants were from Nazarene churches.

Commission Unto Mexico was filled with experiences of “love in action” according to SNU nursing student Aubrey Thompson. Their “love in action” happened through mobile medical clinics, construction projects, soccer clinics and daily children’s ministry events, all organized in conjunction with six churches in northeastern Mexico. During the week of ministry three American physicians and a group of SNU nursing students supervised by two adjunct professors treated 400 patients. The soccer group held neighborhood soccer clinics for about 160 children and young adults and 150-200 children attended the daily Vacation Bible School style events. The construction projects, done hand-in-hand with Mexican church members, included demolition work, block-laying, tile-laying, concrete mixing and pouring, pew construction, and electrical work. Each of the VBS teams conducted two events each day. 

Emily Brown, SNU nursing student, marveled at what she experienced, “This was the first time I have really seen God in action,” she said. “I always knew He would provide, but I had never see so evidently His work.”

Next year SNU will celebrate their very first mission trip that took place in 1966 by returning to the area of Sabinas, where the original trip took place 45 years ago. Among those on that original trip was Howard Culbertson, SNU missions professor who has helped direct Commission Unto Mexico for the past two decades.

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